Alleyne v. United States

Amicus curiae brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Federal Defenders in support of Petitioner.

Brief filed: 11/21/2012


Alleyne v. United States

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 11-9335

Prior Decision

Decision below 457 Fed.Appx. 348 (4th Cir. 2011).

Question Presented

Whether this Court’s decision in Harris v. United States, 536 U.S. 545 (2002) should be overruled?


Harris held that the Apprendi rule did not apply to the fact of brandishing in § 924 (c)(1)(A). One reason Harris was wrongly decided is that Apprendi applies to facts that dictate mandatory-minimum sentences. Another reason Harris was wrongly decided is that § 924 (c)(1)(A) establishes fixed-term sentences –contrary to the Harris Court’s unexamined assumption that it creates sentencing ranges—and thus a finding of ‘brandishing’ is subject to the Apprendi rule because it raises the statutory maximum from five to seven years.” (Br. at 23) (citations omitted).

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John B. Owens, et al., Munger Tolles & Olson LLP, Los Angeles, CA; Jonathan D. Hacker, O’Melveny & Myers, Washington, DC; Sarah Gannett, National Association of Federal Defenders, Philadelphia, PA.